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Wanda Coleman (1946–2013)

Teoksen A War of Eyes and Other Stories tekijä

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About the Author

Wanda Coleman was born in Los Angeles, California on November 13, 1946. She attended Los Angeles Valley College and California State Los Angeles but did not earn a degree. In the early 1970s, she embarked on a journalism career with an assignment from the Los Angeles Free Press to write about a näytä lisää fundraiser for Black Panther supporter Angela Davis. However, her sarcastic coverage caused consternation in the Davis camp, and she was blackballed by the underground paper for a decade. In 1975 she landed a job writing for the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives and won a daytime Emmy for her work the following year. She took writing workshops around Los Angeles. Her first book of poetry, Art in the Court of the Blue Fag, was published in 1977. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 20 books including Mad Dog, Black Lady; Imagoes; Heavy Daughter Blues; Mercurochrome; and The Riot Inside Me: More Trials and Tremors. She won the Lenore Marshall National Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1999 for Bathwater Wine. In 2012, she received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. She died after a long illness on November 22, 2013 at the age of 67. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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Tekijän teokset

A War of Eyes and Other Stories (1988) 42 kappaletta
Mercurochrome: New Poems (2001) 40 kappaletta
Bathwater Wine (1998) 34 kappaletta
Imagoes (1983) 29 kappaletta
Hand Dance (1993) 28 kappaletta
Mambo Hips and Make Believe (1999) 20 kappaletta
Mad Dog, Black Lady (1979) 7 kappaletta
American Sonnets (1994) 4 kappaletta
Poems Seismic in Scene (2013) 2 kappaletta
Blues (1991) 2 kappaletta
CRABS FOR BREAKFAST. (2001) 1 kappale
Quercus Review #6 (2006) 1 kappale

Associated Works

The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (1999) — Avustaja — 590 kappaletta
Angry Women (1991) — Avustaja — 370 kappaletta
Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2005) — Avustaja — 199 kappaletta
The Best American Poetry 1996 (1996) — Avustaja — 169 kappaletta
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Avustaja — 168 kappaletta
Deep Down: The New Sensual Writing by Women (1988) — Avustaja — 115 kappaletta
Coming of Age in America: A Multicultural Anthology (1994) — Avustaja — 94 kappaletta
Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor (2006) — Avustaja — 65 kappaletta

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I picked this up just because it was on my favorite bookseller's rec shelf at Hooked. And I would like to know HOW HAD I NEVER HEARD OF WANDA COLEMAN BEFORE? Her frank writing, especially about the perpetually exploitive systems of poverty, blew me away.

I wrote down lots of favorite poems to return to and read again, but a few highlights were the anxiety/vulnerability of "Giving Birth," the heartbreak of "Emmett Till," the playfulness/wistfulness of "Thiefheart."

What people talk about when they call poetry powerful.… (lisätietoja)
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greeniezona | 1 muu arvostelu | Nov 19, 2023 |
National Books Awards Poetry Finalist 2001

This book was published in 2001, back when I did not follow poetry awards. That was also in my Years of Little Reading due to having small kids. I heard about Coleman because my son read some of her poems in his California Literature class this year. The kids in the class had not been born when this book was published. And one of the poems (which I marked but lost because my cat pulls markers out of books) is about academics not accepting her into the academy as a self-taught poet without even a BA. She has made it into high scho0ol curriculum.

My favorite part of this book was Part II, Twentieth Century Nod-Out. These poems largely focus on life in LA--especially as a black woman in Los Angeles, like Coleman herself. In many ways little-to-nothing has changed.

In other ways, everything has changed since she wrote this book. Coleman had a son who died of AIDS at the age of 32, c1990 if I understood the poetry. There is a lot about grief and memory. And a fair amount about "the virus". It was strange reading this in 2021, when "the virus" means something very very different. Meanwhile, AIDS in the US is no longer the death sentence it once was.

I am not saying this book is dated. It is an amazing snapshot of a time and place, that has changed and also not changed at all. I imagine reading this back in 2001 was a very different experience--something else that is gone forever.
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Dreesie | May 17, 2021 |
I had not heard of Wanda Coleman before picking up this new collection of her selected works but it made me an instant fan. Sadly, she passed in 2013. Most of these poems were written 30-40 years ago but are strikingly relevant to the current racial environment in America today. I hope this collection finds her a whole new audience.
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msf59 | 1 muu arvostelu | Jan 29, 2021 |
These are Coleman's poems laid out according to Jean-Jacques Tachdjian's graphic design. The design overwhelms the poems; sometimes the words are impossible to read; sometimes the visuals seem arbitrary. As a book of graphic design, maybe this is great, I can't judge. As a book of poetry, it just made me long for plain type so I could read the wonderful things she says. If the poems are available to you elsewhere, go there.
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susanbooks | May 10, 2019 |



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